EMC Corporation endorses Referendum 74 in Washington

Today, data company EMC Corporation announced their support for the freedom to marry by officially endorsing Washington United for Marriage, the coalition of pro-marriage organizations working to uphold the freedom to marry by approving Referendum 74 at the ballot on November 6.

The President of EMC's Isilon Storage Division, Sujal Patel, announced EMC's official endorsement of Referendum 74 in a release:

Creating an inclusive, respectful and open culture at EMC has always been a priority, and we constantly strive to promote equality in our workplace. Our support of the state's legislation that provides same-sex couples with the right to civil marriage is another example of our commitment to supporting - and delivering - benefits for domestic partners.

Zach Silk, the campaign manager for Washington United for Marriage, thanked EMC in a statement:

With more than 55,000 employees around the world, and a rapidly growing presence in Washington State, EMC is a global leader that recognizes the freedom to marry is important for their employees. We are thrilled to have EMC's support and the company joins a growing roster of leading employers, not just in Washington, but across the country and the globe, who support marriage equality and our work to approve Referendum 74.

EMC is now the latest of dozens of businesses that have spoken out in support of or offered financial contributions to help uphold the freedom to marry in the state. Last month, telecommunications company T-Mobile and travel company Expedia endorsed Referendum 74, and this summer, the law has seen huge financial backing from Amazon's Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos and Microsoft's Bill Gates and Steven A. Balmer. Longtime coalition partners for Washington United for Marriage also include Starbucks, Boeing, REI, and Nike.

Small businesses have also devoted considerable time, energy and funding to Washington United for Marriage. Nearly 100 businesses across the state have signed on as coalition partners for WUM, including locally owned bakeries and restaurants, law firms, and the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce. Washington United will continue to expand its outreach to small businesses, an effort it showcased earlier last month with its Small Business Captain program.

These companies realize that standing up for the freedom to marry is the right thing to do to support their employees. It's smart business for businesses to speak up for marriage - and it also promotes a welcoming, accepting environment, encourages stronger communities, and represents positive company ethics. It is important to celebrate when corporations and businesses recognize the harm that laws have on their communities and subsequently take action in hopes of correcting those laws.

Freedom to Marry applauds businesses that have taken steps to advocate for their gay and lesbian employees and make the case for the freedom to marry in a sphere that generally takes a "hands-off" approach to social government policies. We are energized by so many different groups of people from across the country taking the time to consider the importance of the freedom to marry and speaking out after realizing how essential marriage is to same-sex couples.

Read more about the freedom to marry in Washington - and learn about all four states where marriage will be on the ballot in November HERE